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Crosslake hosts rocketry demonstration for kids

Children got the opportunity to press the big red button to send their rockets into outer space! Well, close enough to outer space for this event hosted by the Crosslake Community Center.

With supervision from instructor Art Gibbons, children got to press the big red "launch" button to send their rockets up into the air on August 6, 2015. Photo by Joe Fraser
With supervision from instructor Art Gibbons, children got to press the big red "launch" button to send their rockets up into the air on August 6, 2015. Photo by Joe Fraser

Children got the opportunity to press the big red button to send their rockets into outer space! Well, close enough to outer space for this event hosted by the Crosslake Community Center.

Art Gibbons, a rocket enthusiast taught the 14 kids, 12 and under about the parts of a rocket, how rockets fly and what makes them do what they do. This event was hosted by the Crosslake Community Center and organized by the Flying High club on August 6, 2015. The kids were split into groups of two and given one rocket per team. Before they could launch though, they needed to cover a lot of educational material.

"Safe, safe, safety first," Gibbons said.

After learning about the rockets and how to properly launch them, the kids headed outside to the launch pad. Kids got to press the button from a safe distance and watch their rockets fly into the air at mach 4, almost 3000 mph. The rockets gently floated back down to the earth via parachute. There was a drawing held to send kids home with the deactivated rockets as souvenirs.

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Art Gibbons demonstrates to the 14 children under 12 years old what the parts of a rocket are, and how they work at the Crosslake Community Center.Photo by Joe Fraser
Art Gibbons demonstrates to the 14 children under 12 years old what the parts of a rocket are, and how they work at the Crosslake Community Center.Photo by Joe Fraser

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